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Intermediate & AdvancedClasses

In-Depth Nymph Fly Fishing Class

4 Hour 30 Min. Streamside Class Cost: $90 See Dates | Time: 7:30AM-12PM

This class is an in-depth (pun intended) workshop on the dynamics of fishing the immature stages of aquatic insects – larva, pupa, and emerger stages. The primary focus is on proper line control techniques. Other subjects covered include equipment, basic entomology, leader systems, reading water, visualizing fish, stream etiquette, and how to properly play and release fish. The streamside class runs approximately 4 and ½ hours long from 7:30am until noon. Locations vary depending on instructor and conditions. You must have your fishing license and bring your own equipment. Class enrollment is a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6.

Focus On Dry Fly Class

4 Hour 30 Min. Streamside Class Cost: $90 See Dates | Time: 7:30AM-12PM

Nothing is quite as satisfying and picturesque as fishing with dry flies. The focus of this class is on refining techniques and line management skills when pursuing that fish rising to the surface. This 4 & ½ hour streamside class covers leader systems, basic entomology, trout movement in response to the fly, slack line casting, dead drift techniques, mending, and dry fly fishing strategies. You must have your fishing license and bring your own equipment. Class enrollment is a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6.

Streamer Fly Fishing Class

Streamer fishing is often ignored by many fly fishers and it shouldnt be. Streamer fishing will add another tool for anglers looking to expand their game. This class is designed to break down a lot of the common barriers in streamer fishing. Learn rigging, casting, and techniques to fish on area lakes, rivers, and streams. These classes will take place on one of our permitted outfitting locations.

  • Locating areas to fish streamers/reading the water
  • Rigging various systems (Line, leader, tippet, weight, and streamer systems) for successful lake and river fishing
  • Choosing fly patterns
  • Casting techniques with heavy flies
  • Mastering retrieval techniques
  • Catch and release techniques

NOTE: This is NOT a beginner’s class. Participants must have their own equipment and a basic knowledge of fly fishing.

Stillwater Fundamentals Class

2 Hour Intro ClassCost: $30Registration is required

This class will take you through all of the necessary techniques, tactics, and strategies to enjoy early season stillwater success. Topics covered will range from entomology, rigging, and gear to use. The course is held in the Angler’s Covey classroom.

Stillwater Shoreside Class

6 Hour Shoreside Class Cost: $90See Dates | Time: 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Spinney Mountain Reservoir Registration is Required

Learn the stillwater secrets from one of the region’s best stillwater anglers. Stillwater fishing is often overlooked but is one of the most productive opportunities to fish for multiple species and that chance for a “fish of a lifetime!” These classes will take place at Spinney Mountain Reservoir with a specific location to be determined at the time of the class dependent on conditions and numbers of students in the class. Learn the basics of how to fish for early season stillwater trout: :

  • Being safe on the lake
  • Locating productive areas to fish
  • Rigging various systems (Line, leader, tippet, weight, strike indication, hopper/dropper, and streamer systems) for successful lake fishing
  • Choosing fly patterns
  • Casting techniques from the shore and from belly boats or other watercraft
  • Mastering retrieval techniques
  • Catch and release techniques
  • Other little secrets that will make the experience more successful and enjoyable

NOTE: This is NOT a beginner’s class. Participants must have their own equipment and a basic knowledge of fly fishing.

Winter Fly Fishing Techniques

Seasonal Class Cost: $30 See Dates Location: Classroom at Angler's Covey Registration is required

Colorado is blessed to have some top quality tailwater fisheries that make fly fishing a year-round sport. Why not take advantage of this “secret season,” when fishing pressure is low and the challenge increases? The class will focus on safety and warm weather gear, where to fish, winter food sources for fish, selecting winter fly fishing equipment (tippet, leader, rod and reel selection, etc.), rig set ups (that is, nymph, dry, and streamer fishing), and winter strategies and techniques. A question and answer session at the end of the class will allow participants a chance to get specific questions answered by Orvis-endorsed Guides teaching the course.

Learn to Fish Cheesman Canyon

Class and Streamside Instruction Cost: $30 See Dates | Time: 6:00 AM Location: Angler's Covey & Cheesman Canyon Registration is required | Class Size: 3 - 5

One of the most technical fisheries in our region is Cheesman Canyon. Not only is the location one of the most scenic, it is home to trophy rainbow, brown, and cuttbows. This class give syou the opportunity to learn from a local expert on fishing this unique water. The instructor will address all methods and unique strategies necessary to meet the demands of this highly technical water:  straight-line nymphing, hopper-dropper techniques, and dry fly approaches. The class will cover sight fishing in the Canyon, identifying local entomology, making correct fly selection, exploring seasonal strategies, and choosing entry/exit locations. The class size is a minimum of three, a maximum of five participants.

Prerequisite/Notes: This class requires anglers to have previous fly fishing experience and their own equipment. Not a beginner’s class. You will also be hiking into the canyon and should be in good physical condition. 

Advanced Aquatic Entomology 2-Day Classroom and Streamside Instruction

Part 1 - Lecture

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (On a Wednesday)
Location: Angler's Covey

Almost essential to mastering the sport of fly fishing for trout is a deep knowledge of aquatic insects. This class will help you understand the bug life in a stream as the key to catching more trout. This classroom lecture focuses on the identification and life cycles of key aquatic trout foods found in Colorado's rivers, streams, and still water environments. The follow-up to the lecture is the entomology streamside class.

Location: Angler's Covey
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (On a Wednesday)

Part 2 - Streamside

Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM (On the Following Sunday)
Location: To Be Determined by Instructor

The streamside portion of the class introduces techniques for collecting, identifying, preserving, and curating aquatic insects which occur in both still and moving water. Although not required, we highly recommend that students take the Aquatic Entomology lecture before the streamside class. Students will need to supply their own seine (available at Angler's Covey). Streamside location is dependent upon conditions and will be determined just prior to the class. The class minimum is 4, maximum none. Registration required.

Location: To Be Determined By Instructor
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon (On the following Sunday)
Class size: At least 4

Cost: $125 ($100 Class Fee + $25 for Lab Supplies) See Dates Registration is Required

Kayak Fly Fishing Class

Seasonal Class Cost: $30 See Dates Location: Classroom at Angler's Covey Registration is required

In this class, Angler's Covey Director of Services and Guide Jon Easdon will take you through the the tactics and techniques in fishing one of our best kept secrets. Topics will include access, kayak tips, fly patterns, tactics, rigging and more.

This class is great for any angler wanting to get into stillwater flyfishing, or the experienced angler wanting to learn something different. This will be much more than a kayak class…